<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSat, 24 Jun 2017 00:28:12 -0700Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:28:12 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Release Surveillance Video of Suspect in OB Homicide]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:19:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ocean+Beach+homicide+suspect.JPG

New surveillance video released Friday appears to show the suspect in connection with the stabbing death of a homeless man in Ocean Beach, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said.

Walter Riley was found with multiple stab wounds on a sidewalk on the 1900 block of Bacon Street, near Newport Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Riley was transported to UC San Diego Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

A man believed to be the suspect was captured by the camera at a local business off Newport Avenue, just moments before the attack happened, police said. He was wearing a hoodie that covered his face.

According to homicide investigators Thursday, the suspect had been described as a man wearing a white or gray hooded sweatshirt and baggy blue jeans. 

A witness told NBC 7, he saw the suspect running away.

Riley was known as Ras by locals in the area and his death was a blow to their community.

Janet Walsh owns Temptress Fashion--a business near the area where the attack happened.

"He used to sell incense on the street. He was really sweet," Walsh said. "Non-threatening. Completely non-threatening. There was nothing violent about him."

She told NBC 7, the homicide investigation shocked her because their community is so tight-knit.

"I used to shop at People’s Co-Op. I shop there every week. I would see him there. He would offer to help with groceries," she added. "I would just give him a couple bucks from time to time when I had some change. He was just very sweet. There was no reason for this to happen. It’s devastating."

"What we know right now, this does appear to be an unprovoked attack," SDPD Homicide Lt. Mike Holden told NBC 7 Thursday. 

Holden said it appeared the victim and the suspect had a conversation before the attack. 

"That person who did that shouldn’t be walking the streets. There is no excuse for having taken that man—that poor man’s life," Walsh said. "He was almost—I think he had to be in his 60s. Gentle soul. I mean, how gentle do you have to be for people to leave you alone."

Police as asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477.

<![CDATA[Man in Controversial Chokehold Case Found Not Guilty]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:15:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Robert-Branch-04116.jpg

A San Diego man accused of trying to pepper-spray a plainclothes San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) detective during a confrontation in 2015 was acquitted of all charges by a jury Friday.

Robert Branch was bound over for trial last year and faced charges of reckless driving, resisting arrest and attempting to pepper-spray an officer.

Branch told NBC 7, he was nervous and scared as the jury delivered their verdict Friday.

"I can still feel my heart pounding," he said.

On May 4, 2015, Branch was involved in an altercation with now-retired SDSO Det. Paul Ward in Del Cerro during a traffic stop. Ward was not in uniform and was driving an unmarked car.

Branch videotaped the incident on his cellphone and shared it with media.

But prosecutors said Branch was speeding and driving erratically when he almost struck the detective’s car. 

Branch had been wearing a tactical vest and was non-compliant during the traffic stop, Ward previously testified. 

However, Branch claimed the detective used excessive force during the traffic stop when he put Branch into a chokehold.

"A lot of police out there are actually pretty good--some that are bad," he said. "They don't really need to be working. They need to be fired but there are actually a lot of cops out there doing a lot of good things."

Branch added he was glad he videotaped the incident because he believes it helped him get acquitted.

"If it wasn't for that video, I'd probably be locked up right now cause they'd be taking his testimony against mine," he said.

It was a sentiment that some others also agreed with.

"Thank God that Mr. Branch had his video camera on him," said Chris Garnier from Activist For Justice.

He added: "In the future, just keep doing the same thing. If I encounter a police officer, maybe that officer could be a good cop...you never know. Just videotape everything."

Michael Runyon, Deputy District Attorney, said regardless of whether you encounter an officer in uniform or not, show respect and obey the law.

"Whether you're on-duty or off-duty, plainclothes or uniformed, law enforcement officers still have full police powers," Runyon told NBC 7.

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<![CDATA[USS Carl Vinson Strike Group Returns to San Diego]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:27:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Emotional_Reunion_for_Families_as_Sailors_Return_Home.jpg

The USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and its military service member returned to San Diego Friday morning after a nearly 6-month deployment in the Western Pacific.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), along with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 arrived at Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Base San Diego just before 10 a.m.

Deployed since Jan. 5, the group has been part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of the U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. During the deployment, the strike group conducted operations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. This included a variety of drills and air, surface, and anti-submarine warfare training, according to the U.S. Navy.

The strike group also patrolled the Korean Peninsula after North Korea began testing ballistic missiles. North Korea called the dispatch of the U.S. aircraft carrier toward its waters "outrageous."

The 7,500 sailors and Marines in the strike group also made port visits to Fiji, Guam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Saipan, Singapore and Solomon Islands. At each port, the service members took part in community events including volunteer service at schools, animal shelters, and food banks.

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<![CDATA[Lewd Comments on Facebook Page for Military Raises Alarms]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:53:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Camp-Pendleton-Generic.jpg

A Facebook page for local active and retired military servicemen has raised red flags over its lewd and inappropriate content.

The page, dubbed "Mendleton," has more than 37,000 followers.

On it are numerous disturbing comments that include mocking a disabled woman and making sexually explicit comments about a 14-year-old girl.

Under new guidelines, a Marine who posts defamatory, discriminatory or threatening content can be punished in military court.

One woman, Nikita Mitchell, told NBC 7 that her father served in the military for 20 years. She came across the page a couple of days ago when a friend shared it online.

"I was angry, I was disgusted," said Mitchell. "It was very hard to read and it makes me want to cry just thinking about it again."

Other sexually suggestive comments on the Facebook page include this remark about a minor: "I can't wait until she starts doing porn."

"If you're going to make comments like that about children, it says a lot about where your moral compass is," said Mitchell.

In light of the "Marines United" Facebook page, which was used for the nonconsensual posting of photos of female U.S. military members, this new Facebook page is getting a lot of attention.

"They feel like, it's okay if people know that they said these disgusting, heinous things because they are not going to get in trouble for them," said Mitchell.

Back in March, an investigation was launched into the Marines United Facebook group. Since then, the U.S. Marine Corps has updated its social media guidelines in an effort to crackdown down on service members guilty of online misconduct. When the social media scandal become a national controversy, the highest levels of the Marine Corps publicly condemned the behavior.

Some social media users have pointed out the lewd comments on "Mendleton," but Mitchell says it's clearly not enough.

"That needs to be addressed. It needs to be talked about and worked on and fixed," said Mitchell.

Carls Redding, a spokesperson for Camp Pendleton, sent NBC 7 a statement Friday in response to the comments on the Facebook page, saying they are investigating the page. But, since it's a closed group, they need "additional law enforcement techniques" to investigate further.

"At our level, it is impossible to know the members or if some of the participants are active duty Marines," the statement read, in a part.

Redding stated anyone with a complaint about certain websites can report them to NCIS and the inspector general.

According to the statement, there are guidelines should active-duty servicemembers engage in inappropriate behavior.

"Any active duty Marine found to be engaging in inappropriate activity will be investigated and held accountable by their commands if found guilty. If active duty Marines are participating in derogatory behavior online they are violating the UCMJ and what it means to be a Marine and a good citizen of this county. We have no ability to punish those not on active duty. Potential violations of Local, State, and Federal laws by non-active duty individuals online must be reporte[d] to and investigated by civilian authorities.

More important to the discussion about this particular group is that it is linked to an Oceanside 501.3c by the same name. A quick Google search will confirm that and give you their contact information. I would recommend reaching out to them to inquire why they allow this sort of material on their administrated closed group by the same name. They have the ability to police, ban, shut down derogatory information on their closed site. They don't."

<![CDATA[Man Sought in Mission Beach Skateboard Attack]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:46:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic23.jpg

Investigators are searching for a suspect accused of repeatedly hitting a man with a skateboard in Mission Beach, rendering him unconscious in the brutal attack.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the assault happened on May 31 at around 5 p.m. in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Mission Boulevard.

The victim was delivering wood pallets to a bonfire pit along the rock jetty wall on the south side of the lot and parked his truck next to a silver-colored SUV.

Inside the SUV was a man, a woman and four children between the ages of 4 and 9, plus a Chihuahua. The man in the SUV got out and began talking with the victim.

Police said their conversation went on for about 30 minutes before it turned violent. For unknown reasons, the man from the SUV began striking the victim on his head with a skateboard, hitting him multiple times until he was unconscious.

The suspect got back into the SUV and fled the scene with the woman, children, and dog in tow.

Police said the victim was taken to a hospital with severe head injuries, including a brain bleed.

Mark Herring, of the SDPD, said the victim survived the beating and has since been released from the hospital. He’s currently being treated at an inpatient recovery center.

Nearly two months after the attack, the suspect remains at large.

The SDPD said the suspect was possibly in a 2005 to 2010 Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4. He is described as being in his mid-30s, 5-foot-10, and weighing around 190 pounds. He wore a gray tank top and blue jeans. The woman in the SUV had blonde hair, police said.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information on this case can reach out to SDPD’s Northern Division at (858) 552-1726 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend: June 22-25]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Garske-San-Diego-Skyline-022017-2.JPG

Welcome to your first weekend of summer in San Diego! The start of the season brings us tons of fun outdoor events -- from the San Diego County Fair to festivals. Get out there, soak in the sun, and rejoice that you're here in America's Finest City.

Thursday, June 22

2017 San Diego County Fair
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
Yee-haw! The San Diego County Fair keeps on truckin’, offering rides, entertainment and, of course, gloriously unhealthy fried food. This year’s theme is “Wild, Wild West,” so expect a rootin’ tootin’ good time. The fair runs through July 4. Admission is $18 for adults ages 13 to 61; $11 for those 62 and older and for kids ages 6 to 12. Little ones 5 and younger get in free. For a round-up of fair deals and discounts, click here. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Find-Cheap-Tickets-and-Discounts-at-2016-San-Diego-County-Fair-423974094.html

Liberty Public Farmers Market
2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Near Liberty Public Market at Liberty Station
Liberty Station’s brand-new weekly farmers market goes down every Thursday near Liberty Public Market, off Perry Road. The farmers market features more than 60 vendors, from local produce growers and specialty food purveyors, to artisan gift merchants. While you peruse vendors, enjoy live performances from local musicians.

Del Mar’s Summer Solstice 2017
5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Powerhouse Park
Del Mar celebrates the arrival of summer with its annual Summer Solstice party featuring food from top-notch local restaurants and sips from wineries and breweries, all against the backdrop of the ocean at sunset. This event, at Powerhouse Park, also includes live music. Tickets are $85.

Music in the Gardens: Lee Coulter
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido
Enjoy craft beer, live music and lush gardens at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido (1999 Citracado Parkway) during the brewery’s summer music series. All season long, patrons can groove to all kinds of musical styles – from folk and soul, to rock and pop. On June 22, Lee Coulter takes the mic.

Sunset Poolside Jazz Series

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Westgate Hotel
Downtown’s Westgate Hotel continues its “Sunset Poolside Jazz Series” Thursday night, a summertime series featuring a different performance every week from Southern California’s finest jazz talents at the hotel’s pool. The event includes drinks and appetizers, available for purchase. Attendees are asked to spend at least $25 on drinks and food; the entertainment is free. The series runs each Thursday through Aug. 31; Trio Gadjo is performing on June 22.

Santee Summer Concert: The Kelly Rae Band
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Town Center Community Park East
Santee’s Summer Concert Series returns this week with country tunes from the Kelly Rae Band. This free community event runs each Thursday through the summer, with a different band taking the stage at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Dr.). This week’s gathering will include a 21+ craft beer garden hosted by BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., a petting zoo, and lasso lessons. Bring the family and a blanket – and some money to buy snacks from several food trucks lined up on the field.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County Fair
Chart-topping icons Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons perform Thursday night at the San Diego County Fair, bringing their hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The real-life “Jersey Boys” take the Heineken Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m.; if you’ve already paid fair admission that day, tickets to this concert start at $15. Otherwise, tickets start at $32.

Adele Givens
7:30 p.m., The American Comedy Co.
Actress and comic Adele Givens is the leading stand-up act this weekend at The American Comedy Co. in downtown San Diego. Fans will recognize this funny lady from her roles on many TV sitcoms including “The Hughleys,” “Martin,” “Moesha,” and “The Steve Harvey Show,” to name a few. Tickets to her Thursday night comedy show are $22. She also performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
7:30 p.m., Horton Grand Theatre
This musical, presented by Intrepid Theatre and New Village Arts, is set between 1957 and 1958, when Buddy Holly and the Crickets had seven Top 40 songs, including “Peggy Sue.” The production celebrates the legacy of the young man with thick-rimmed glasses whose career during the golden period of rock ‘n’ roll was cut short by his tragic, untimely death. Tickets to this toe-tapping show start at $24. The musical runs at this venue through July 2.

Latin Thursdays
9 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California
Enjoy live Latin music at Harrah’s Resort Southern California every Thursday night this month at this 21+ fiesta. The shows cost $10 and are available at the door.

Friday, June 23

Coronado’s Free Summer Shuttle Service
8:57 a.m. to 9:42 p.m. (shuttle service times), Coronado
Coronado’s free summer shuttle service is back, running now through Labor Day. The service aims to make it easier for locals and visitors to cruise around Coronado and catch a ride to popular spots during the busy summer months. Hop on!

Food Truck Friday
4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park
Balboa Park’s “Food Truck Friday” continues, a summertime event that brings more than a dozen food trucks to the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway every Friday evening through Sept. 29. As you grab some food, you’ll also be able to enjoy live entertainment at the park. Stick around and check out “Balboa Park After Dark” (see below), happening simultaneously at the park Friday nights this summer.

Cruisin’ Grand Escondido
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido(235 East Grand Ave.)
Downtown Escondido’s free, weekly vintage car show continues, running every Friday night through Sept. 29. Cruisin’ Grand Escondido takes over historical Grand Avenue, with more than 500 cool cars lining the streets. The event, now in its 18th year, draws thousands of attendees. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973 American-made cars. This Friday night, the musical entertainment includes: DJ High Energy Sound Machine (spinning on Broadway); Martin Coughlin (performing on Juniper Street); The Groove Cats (playing at Maple Street Plaza); Backwater Blues Band (performing at Kalmia & Grand).

Balboa Park After Dark
5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Balboa Park
Balboa Park’s sundown summertime program continues with eight museums offering extended late-night hours every Friday through Sept. 29. Some museums are even offering $5 admission deals. Food vendors and live entertainment will also fill the landmark during this “Balboa Park After Dark” series.

Summer Movies in the Park
6 p.m. to 10 p.m., San Carlos Community Park
San Diego’s fun (and free!) “Summer Movies in the Park” series continues, this time with a Friday night movie screening of “The Secret Life of Pets” at San Carlos Community Park (6445 Lake Badin Ave.). The outdoor event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; bring a picnic or money to buy food from concessions vendors at the park. Before the movie, families can enjoy free games, a bounce house, and face painting. Grab a blanket and the family and enjoy a movie under the stars.

A Posh Pint Pairing Dinner
6:30 p.m. to 10 p..m., Bay City Brewing
Bay City Brewing Co. (3760 Hancock St.) hosts a five-course beer pairing dinner with eats created by Posh Nosh Chef Indo Reyes expertly matched with seven Bay City craft brews. Patrons will enjoy live music while noshing under the stars, too. Tickets are $45, but space is very limited, so reserve your spot online fast.

San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
The San Diego Padres start their home game series against the Detroit Tigers Friday. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.; tickets start at $17.

The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport (in the courtyard)
The gypsy, jazz and swing band, The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, makes its way to The Headquarters at Seaport for this free Friday night concert in the courtyard. Before the show, enjoy free swing dance lessons, so you’re ready to cut a rug once the music starts. No experience or dance partner is necessary for this fun freebie.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana
7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego
Norteña music stars Los Tucanes de Tijuana bring their fast-paced, energizing music to the San Diego County Fair’s main stage Friday night. The unreserved seating area in the third and fifth levels is free with paid fair admission; otherwise, tickets start at $17.

The Stars at West Sycamore
8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park at West Sycamore Staging Area
Weather permitting, the San Diego Astronomy Association leads another stargazing session at Mission Trails Friday night, this time at the West Sycamore Staging Area on the east end of Stonebridge Parkway in Scripps Ranch. The event is free; the Astronomy Association will provide telescopes for those in attendance to borrow during the event.

Saturday, June 24

Yoga in the Rotunda
8:30 a.m., The San Diego Museum of Man
Start your morning off with a peaceful; all levels flow class at the San Diego Museum of Man this Saturday, courtesy of Yoga One. The class will have modifications so everyone can go at their own pace. Participants are asked to bring their own mat, water, and towel to class. The event is $5 to $10.

Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival
10 a.m., 4800 to 5000 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach
It’s back, Ocean Beach! More than 70,000 people are expected to stop by Ocean Beach for this popular annual festival on the ocean. In addition to the classic chili cook-off, visitors can enjoy continuous live music, entertainment, the Artists Alley, carnival rides, games, food, vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and so much more. Free trolly services will run from Knights of Columbus parking lot on Bacon Street, between W. Point Loma Boulevard and Voltaire Street, and the parking lot near Sea World Drive and Pacific Coast Highway to the festival. The festival is free.

Mass Creativity
10 a.m., New Children’s Museum
Celebrate Mass Creativity’s fifth year at the museum with a special day of art-making workshops for kids of all ages. The hands-on activities will run all day during the free museum event. There will also be live entertainment, festivities and more throughout the day. 

Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
11 a.m., Balboa Park (Saturday and Sunday)
Bring the whole family out to the 32nd annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival this weekend, a free event observing the Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spain in 1898. Throughout the day, enjoy colorful folk dances from different regions, live music and more. Additionally, local artists will sell uniquely designed products inspired by their culture: costume jewelry, T-shirts and more. The popular two-day event is free.

Local Ales and Acoustics
2 p.m., Herringbone in La Jolla
Mix sips and sounds at this monthly event at Herringbone in La Jolla, where local musicians come in to play soothing tunes. Enjoy local beers as you sit back, relax and enjoy the music. 

Island Vibe Musical Festival
3 p.m., Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field
Hear music from the Pacific Islands at this weekend music festival, featuring Polynesian artists from the islands. As you enjoy music, try the delicious regional food, including Kalua Pig, Chicken Kelaguin, Spam Musubi and more. Tickets start at $20. 

Summer Movies in the Park
4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Locations vary
On Saturday, “Summer Movies in the Park” continues with three different screenings at three locations across the city: “Free Willy” at Carmel Valley Community Park (3777 Townsgate Dr., from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.); “Secret Life of Pets” at Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park (3905 Adams Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.); “Despicable Me 2” at Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre in Oceanside (300 North The Strand, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Bring a picnic and enjoy. 

Arts and Amps
4:30 p.m., Karl Strauss Tasting Room
It’s an afternoon of local music, art and, of course, handcrafted beer this Saturday at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room. The four-hour event will include live music from The Donkeys & Well Well Well. Cohort Collective will provide live mural art. The tasting room will have a diverse line-up of favorites, specialty brews and more. Admission is free.

San Diego Sights and Sips
5:30 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and Events
Sunshine, sailing, and cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Hope on board for a two-hour cruise with champagne, light Hors oeuvres and more as you enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay during sunset. The boat leaves at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50 per person. 

Gospel Festival: Main Stage Concerts
7 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County Fair
The daylong Gospel Festival at the San Diego County Fair features performances by choirs and soloists across several stages and culminates with two headliners on the main stage: Hezekiah Walker, also known as “the hip-hop pastor,” and Tasha Cobbs. The concert is free in the floor section and third and fifth levels with paid fair admission; otherwise, tickets start at $17. 

San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
The Padres take on the Tigers in game two of their weekend-long series at Petco Park. On Saturday night, fans in attendance get a free Padres beach mat, while supplies last. Tickets start at $19, and the game at 7:10 p.m.

Little Italy Summer Film Festival
8 p.m., Amici Park
Every Saturday night this summer, stop by San Diego’s Little Italy Amici Park and enjoy a series of Italian films with English subtitles. The screenings start at 8 p.m. The entry fee is a $5 donation.

Sunday, June 25

Taste of Adams Avenue
11 a.m., Adam Avenue
Nearly 50 restaurants, breweries, wine bars, coffee houses and other eateries in University Heights, Normal Heights, and Kensington will showcase their best meals, sips, and snacks. Take a stroll along Adams Avenue by foot, bike or trolley and get a taste of the neighborhood. Tickets start at $35.

San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers (Kids Fest Day)
1:40 p.m., Petco Park
The Padres wrap up their series against the Tigers at Petco Park with a 1:40 p.m. Sunday showdown. You’ll want to bring the kids to this one: it also happens to be Kids Fest on Sunday, with all kinds of fun activities for little sluggers. Tickets start at $17

La Jolla Playhouse’s “Escape to Margaritaville” 
2 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse
The world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” kicks off its first weekend at the Playhouse. The production features some of Jimmy Buffett’s best-known hits, in addition to new songs written especially for the musical. The story follows a part-time bartender, part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls for a beautiful tourist, a woman who makes him question the life he thought he had figured out. Playwrights Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl," "Raising Hope") and Mike O'Malley ("My Name Is Earl," "Justified," "Glee") blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. Read more about how the cast and crew paid tribute to Buffett’s music here. 

The Old Globe’s “King Richard II”
8 p.m., Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park
The Globe opens their summer season this Sunday with the Shakespeare favorite “King Richard II.” Actor Robert Sean Leonard returns to the Globe to take on the title role in one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The play runs through July 15.

Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary

Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.

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<![CDATA[Sears to Close in San Diego, Along With 200 Other Stores]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:37:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/searsAP_17131750347074.jpg

Another Sears store is set to close in San Diego, along with 200 other stores shutting down this year.

The store located at University Towne Center will start liquidation sales soon and should be closed by around September. 

Michael Belch, a Marketing Professor from San Diego State University, told NBC 7 that mall stores are on their way out.

"Well, everything you're reading now is saying that the malls are dead," said Belch.

Despite this, many specialty stores are surviving and even thriving. The University Towne Center is renovating and expanding.

But Sears appears to be suffering from an outdated reputation among customers.

Belch says Sears can't seem to shake its reputation as your parents or grandparents store.

NBC 7 spoke to shoppers who view the store as old fashioned and behind the times, despite its efforts to create a modern image.

Sears joins others stores like Macy's and J.C. Penney. Despite a successful history, the stores are facing a troubled future.

All of these stores have faced layoffs and store closings. That leaves many to wonder if the traditional brick and mortar department store can survive.

"I don't know that kids these days have ever been in a Sears," added Belch.

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<![CDATA[Active Shooter Training Held in Imperial Beach: BP]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:06:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Active+Shooter+Training+Seminar.JPG

The U.S. Border Patrol in Imperial Beach held an active shooter training course Friday night to help prepare residents for emergency situations.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were 20 active shooter incidents each year in 2014 and 2015. That’s more than any two-year average in the past 16 years, and nearly six times as many as the period between 2000 and 2001.

Carla Garcia is a third grade teacher in San Ysidro School District.

"I've been in a lockdown situation and it's scary," she said. “I've been teaching for 20 years and I don't think we've ever been trained in this."

According to Firearms Instructor, Chris Morris, people go through three stages in a disaster response: denial, deliberation and decisive moment.

"One single prepared person in that group can help set the tone and save lives," he said. 

Morris also said in emergency situations you should not hide and play dead. Being aware of your surroundings is important everywhere; and when all else fails, defend yourself.

"Unless you're physically incapacitated, you have to fight. That person is trying to kill you," Harris said.

Friday night’s class was part of a pilot program and was free of charge for anyone to attend.

The U.S. Border Patrol in Imperial Beach will be having more classes in the future, as well as other agencies across the county.

Those training sessions will be publicized to the community.

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<![CDATA[Ireland Student Recovering From Attack in PB]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:59:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Visiting_College_Student_Found_Beaten_Unconscious_in_PB.jpg

A college student from Ireland who was found nearly beaten to death in a Pacific Beach alley is showing signs of recovering.

Evan White, is out of his medically-induced coma after he was discovered unresponsive and severely beaten in the early morning hours of June 16.

Two of the victim’s close friends came with him to San Diego from University College Cork for the summer.

Like thousands of Ireland university students before him, White came to Pacific Beach for the usual tourist trappings, a summer job and a cultural experience.

Despite this attack, he and his friends aren’t giving up on continuing to pursue the trip of a life time.

After a week in the hospital and a medically induced coma, Denis Murphy, a childhood friend of the victim, says Evan is starting to recover.

“He is doing great. He is recovering very well. His progress is coming along nicely," Murphy said.

Murphy says White’s parents are in town, and he has visited them and Evan.

“They’re just glad to see their son. Once they heard what happened they were scared and once they saw him they are fine," Murphy said.

Murphy, White and five other University County Cork students came to Pacific Beach on May 16. White was working at the Rays Rentals store near Belmont Park.

“He’s a nice guy and completely genuine. He’s harmless. He’s a gentle soul and would never do anything to anyone else and has never been in any sort of altercation in his life,” Murphy said.

San Diego Police say White was beaten unconscious and left in an alley between Law and Chalcedony streets. He was separated from his friends after a night out at the bars and restaurants along Mission Boulevard.

“He’s one of my best friends. We’ve known each other since we were kids,” Murphy said.

Murphy wasn’t with the victim at the time because he had to work the next morning.

But Murphy and his friends haven't soured toward San Diego despite this experience. They are hopeful that White will soon be back on his feet and the group can continue the summer adventure they’d planned.  

“We were a little scared when we first found out what happened to him, but he’s fine and we are going to try to move on as best as we can,” Murphy said.

Another student in San Diego with White told NBC 7 that Evan’s speedy recovery makes them hope he’ll soon be able to tell the police what happened that night.

The group still intends to stay in San Diego until their original departure date, which is September 10.

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<![CDATA['Greatest Community': Moderator Defends Military FB Page]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:31:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Camp-Pendleton-Generic.jpg

The moderator of a private Facebook page for active and retired military servicemen has defended the group, after facing criticism over inappropriate and lewd comments.

'Mendleton' started a few years ago as a locally based page for servicemen around Camp Pendleton. Currently, it has over 37,000 members from across the nation.

Patrick Shaughnessy, 26, a moderator for the Facebook page, says he's generally received praise for creating a support venue for the military community.

"It's one of the greatest community gatherings that I've personally witnessed," said Shaughnessy. "From the veteran community, we've received nothing but praise."

Shaughnessy describes the page as an online platform where servicemen can connect, share jokes and vent. They can also address more serious issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and most importantly, suicide prevention.

When a member of the Facebook group posted a picture implying he was going to kill himself, Shaughnessy says the online community didn't waste time.

"Within a half hour, we had gotten people to him," said Shaughnessy. "He was in the middle of the forest. We were on the phone with a Sheriff [deputy] standing over him."

Most recently, the social media page has garnered negative attention for some crude and sexually suggestive comments about a disabled woman, as well as a 14-year-old girl.

One of the posts stated, "I can't wait for her to start doing porn."

The group's administrators says some disturbing comments are bound to fall through the cracks.

"As soon as we are made aware of the comments or posts, or anything that's inappropriate or shines a bad light on the person and the page, it's gone," said Shaughnessy. "None of us have any control over that. It's more of a societal issue."

The page is not directly connected to Camp Pendleton. It's managed by a group of young veterans, most of whom are in their mid 20's and early 30's.

Camp Pendleton issued a statement to NBC 7, about the Mendleton Facebook page and the group that manages it.

"They have the ability to police, ban [and] shut down derogatory information on their closed site. They don't," said Carl Redding, a spokesman for Camp Pendleton.

Back in March, a nation wide scandal broke when marines posted nude and compromising photographs of their female colleagues on a Facebook page titled 'Marines United.'

The controversy led the Marine Corps to update its social media guidelines with harsher consequences for online misconduct.

Camp Pendleton officials released the following statement:

"Any active duty Marine found to be engaging in inappropriate activity will be investigated and held accountable by their commands if found guilty," stated Redding. "If active duty Marines are participating in derogatory behavior online they are violating the UCMJ and what it means to be a Marine and a good citizen of this county."

Camp Pendleton officials also highlighted that they cannot punish those who are not on active duty.

"I can't think of a certain situation where Mendleton has been mentioned in a negative light," said Shaughnessy. "We really do do our best to make sure those comments are deleted immediately."

The Marine Corps' social media guidance is available here.

<![CDATA[8 Hikers Stranded on Bluffs by Torrey Pines State Beach]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:38:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/storm-generic-san-diego-beach-torrey-pines.jpg

Crews are working to rescue a group of hikers stuck on the bluffs at Torrey Pines State Beach Friday evening, that were stranded there by the high tide, confirmed San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD).

It happened at about 8:40 p.m. at the 12000 block of North Torrey Pines Road.

The hikers were exploring the northern end of the cliffs, when they noticed they couldn't use the stairs to get back down because ocean waves covered the area, SDFD Spokeswoman Monica Munoz told NBC 7.

As of 10:40 p.m., the hikers are still stuck. They are currently stranded on a rock, which lifeguards believe is a safe location for now.

San Diego lifeguards are checking the area above the hikers. They are waiting for the tide to recede enough for the hikers to walk out, or be assisted by lifeguard jet skis.

One of the hikers called 911 to request emergency assistance.

A helicopter that was called to the scene has been canceled, due to issues with visibility.

Lifeguards are still assessing different options to rescue the stranded group of hikers, according to SDFD.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

No other information was immediately available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

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<![CDATA[Students Sick, E. Coli Discovered in Boulevard School Water]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:27:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/e-coli-generic-1200x675.jpg

At least one potential case of E. coli-related illness has been reported at Clover Flat Elementary in Boulevard, confirmed health officials.

While it remains unclear whether E. coli in the water caused the illness, several other parents at the school have told NBC 7 their kids have had to be hospitalized as a result of vomiting and diarrhea.

A water sample tested positive for E. coli on June 16, the last day of school before students were released for summer vacation. The Environmental Health Department conducted an inspection of the system Thursday, and the school is actively working to fix any issues with the water system.

The Department of Public Health has investigated links to E. coli at Clover Flat Elementary. Health officials were not able to conclusively link the symptoms to the water at the school.

They could not rule out other food or drinks the sick student could have consumed during the same period, said a county spokeswoman from the Department of Public Health. Since the school has closed for summer, health officials can't investigate the cafeteria for food poisoning.

The school tests the water quality for issues every month.

Dr. Rita Feghali, Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente, explained how an E. coli exposure can put children's health at further risk.

"Yes and you may not know. The symptoms are going to be what leads your doctor to treat you," said Feghali. "You look sick, you have high fevers. You're having pretty bad diarrhea that [makes] you look dehydrated and especially, you may have diarrhea with blood in it."

"It can be life threatening. It can be fatal. It can affect your kidneys, [so] that you need dialysis, so it can be life threatening," added Feghali.

E. coli is especially dangerous for young children and the elderly. When it is discovered in public water systems like parks, campgrounds or small communities, county officials usually send out an alert. That didn't happen in this case.

Instead, county officials say the school was able to handle the issue on its own by sending a voice mail to all parents.

County and school officials confirmed Thursday the water at Clover Flat Elementary in Boulevard is contaminated with E. coli, in response to questions posed by NBC 7 Investigates.

Mountain Empire School District officials are working with County Environmental Health officials to address any health concerns with the water.

Parents were very alarmed about a potential E. coli contamination.

Jacari Cousins, a father of a five-year-old student at the school, told NBC 7 he feared the worst. He asked his doctor to test if his son's recent stomach illness may have been related to the contamination in the water.

He says he has pressed the health department to take action.

"Scared not only for mine but others...I started calling parents. I called the health department, and the health department said they would do an investigation on the whole matter which is very important to me, that they get to the bottom of it. Because E. coli shouldn't be in our school at all," Cousins said.

"For the last five days, he just has not eaten. He has not been able to keep down water. The doctor gave him two popsicles yesterday. He didn't want them," Cousins said.

Five-year-old Jeremiah first experienced violent stomach flu-like symptoms on Friday night. He was hospitalized twice with high fevers, and doctors discovered blood in his urine.

"We were notified by the school Tuesday that the water was contaminated with E. coli," Cousins said.

The family is awaiting test results on whether the school's tainted water caused their son's illness.

The Assistant Superintendent for the Mountain Empire School District said officials are not aware of any illnesses caused by the E. coli, but the district is very concerned.

A county spokeswoman said an order is in effect in Boulevard to boil water. 

The district and county officials said they were working together to fix the problem.

The contaminated water in Boulevard highlights a larger issue facing water officials and residents across the state.

Families living in the most rural parts of the county have been more heavily impacted by the drought--not just by water shortages but also by increased exposure to carcinogenic water contamination. Often, they are also in communities too isolated for officials to help with current water infrastructure.

"The impacts of the drought were more widespread than people realize," said Laura Feinstein of the Pacific Institute, an Oakland-based think tank focused on advancing solutions to water challenges. "We found that the majority of those drought-impacted public water systems were serving disadvantaged communities."

Five years ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation making California the first state in the nation to declare access to clean safe drinking water a fundamental human right.

But NBC 7 Investigates' months-long investigation has found that is a broken promise to more than 18,000 school children, and 3,000 San Diegans living in poorer, rural communities like Boulevard, Potrero and Borrego Springs.

NBC 7 Investigates has been at the forefront of examining the water quality in public. We have uncovered arsenic, toxic levels of lead, bacteria, and copper all coming from school drinking fountains.

Most of the coverage can be found on our "Safe to Drink" page.

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<![CDATA[Border Patrol Apprehends Over $1M in Cocaine and US Fugitive]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:58:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CBP-generic-border-GettyImages-609971224.jpg

Within the course of five hours over $1 million worth of cocaine seized and a fugitive wanted for homicide was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Wednesday.

At approximately 2 a.m. officers at the San Ysidro port of entry and PedWest facility encountered a 62-year-old man with a Mexican citizenship, and who was a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., driving a Ford Explorer.

After an initial inspection of the vehicle, CBP said officers noticed discrepancies and sent it for a more thorough second inspection, where a canine team alerted CBP to narcotics.

CBP officers found 28 packages of cocaine hidden inside a secret floor compartment of the vehicle.

The packages weighed more than 75 pounds, with an estimated street value of over $1 million, according to a statement from CBP.

The man was arrested and is being held by Homeland Security for further investigation.

Around 7 a.m., a second incident occurred involving 35-year-old Alex Machain, a U.S. Citizen, who was turned over to the San Ysidro PedWest facility by Mexican officials.

Machain was processed by a CBP officer using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), which revealed Machain was wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department for murder-homicide, with bail set at $2 million.

“CBP officers continue to combat the drug trafficking originations attempts to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.” said Pete Flores, the director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, in a statement. “CBP’s apprehension of the fugitive is a prime example of why partnerships between the U.S. and other countries are useful in assisting CBP’s mission of securing the Nation’s borders.”

CBP routinely stops illegal activities like the ones described, according to a statement.

Suspicious activity including human, drug and contraband trafficking can be reported to San Diego Border Patrol at (619) 498-9900.

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<![CDATA[And The Name of the 10,000th Kitten is...]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:51:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nova+10000th+kitten.png

Nova. You may know it as an astronomical event that cause the appearance of a bright new star or as the name of a well-regarded science TV program, but in this case it refers to a brown male tabby who tends to sleep on top of his strawberry shaped bed instead of inside.

Nova also just happens to be the 10,000th kitten cared for by the San Diego Humane Society’s Kitten Nursery. Nova certainly is a bright new star, and he’s had a lot of love and support from the nearly 400 people who entered into his naming contest.

“We selected ‘Nova’ because we felt it accurately reflected his character,” laughs Jackie Noble, Kitten Nursery supervisor. “It’s a clever and strong name that fits his personality now and will easily transition with him to adulthood, if his new family decides to keep it. He’s a spunky little guy and will grow into a very handsome cat.”

Noble says they plan to use the other name entries for the rest of Nova’s litter as well as other kittens that come into the nursery.

Future kitty names may include Dr. Waffles, Pickle Chip, Kitten McKittyface among others.

Nova is currently in foster care. Fans can join the Humane Society for a Facebook Live on the Day of Giving on June 29, for an update on his adoption.

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<![CDATA[Operation Homefront Furnishes Military Family's Home]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:29:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/military+furniture+pic.PNG

“No! I want to be on the top [bunk]!”

“No! I want to be on the top [bunk]!”

Blake and Benedict Nkrumah playfully spar over where each brother will sleep once their new bunk bed is put in their room. Their father, Petty Officer Benedict Nkrumah, just moved the family from where he was previously stationed in Okinawa. Their home in Japan had been furnished, and given the high living cost in San Diego, Nkrumah reached out to Operation Homefront for help with furniture.

Operation Homefront is a nonprofit that supports junior enlisted service members.

“They want to make sure to stretch their income as much as they can,” Kristine Jansen with Operation Homefront tells NBC 7. “Due to the salary he wasn’t able to completely purchase all of the furniture so we were able to provide all of his furniture today.”

Jerome’s Furniture donated everything from the boys’ beds to living room couches to a dining room table. Jerome’s had recently partnered with Operation Homefront to furnish free transitional housing units.

“We’re very thankful. It’s a very good resource,” Petty Officer Nkrumah says. He has been in the Navy for more than eight years, and has lived at several duty stations. “It’s going to be a very good and nice experience – blessing to have all this.”

Blake, Benedict and little brother Bice used to have their whole empty house to play soccer in, but now that the living room is furnished with couches, “maybe we’ll play outside,” Blake suggests.

The Nkrumah family received 35 pieces of furniture in total from Jerome's and now have a fully furnished apartment.

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<![CDATA[2 Subway Shops Robbed in San Diego and Pacific Beach]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:15:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPDPic0709_1200x675_300606531741.jpg

Two Subway restaurants were robbed in Pacific Beach and San Diego on Friday, according to San Diego police.

It was not yet clear whether there was any connection between the two robberies, said detectives.

A man entered the Subway sandwich shop at the 2000 block of Garnet Avenue around 9:20 a.m., said police. The suspect pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register.

He took an unknown amount of cash and ran away, heading west on Garnet Avenue. Police described the suspect as about 25 to 30 years old with a muscular build. He was wearing a white and black baseball cap, with a dark-colored bandana covering his face, as well as a gray Padres hoodie and dark pants.

Later, there was another robbery at a Subway sandwich shop on the 2000 block of Shelter Island Drive. It happened just before 4 p.m. in the Roseville-Fleet Ridge neighborhood of San Diego, according to police.

The man walked in with a gun in his hand and threatened a Subway employee, demanding money. The employee put cash into a bag the suspect was carrying, said police.

This incident involved a man in his late 20's or early 30's, weighing about 180 pounds. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a light blue hoodie and jeans. Police say he wore a baseball cap on backwards with mesh and something covering his face.

San Diego Police Robbery Detectives are investigating these cases. At this point, they cannot determine whether the robberies were connected.

Anyone with information can call San Diego police or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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<![CDATA[UC San Diego Brings ShotSpotter to Campus]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:26:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ShotSpotter_Gunfire-Incident-Roadmap-and-Situation-Detail+2.jpg

A new technology called the ShotSpotter has been installed on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.

As its name indicates, the technology promises to pinpoint gunshots and quickly notify authorities.

The city implemented ShotSpotter in several San Diego neighborhoods it at a cost of almost a quarter of a million dollars a year.

NBC 7's questions to UC San Diego about cost and where the university is getting the money went unanswered Wednesday.

In a statement, UC San Diego's Campus Police Chief David Rose, said, in part:

"There has not been any specific incident that prompted the university to install the ShotSpotter system...It is a proactive measure to increase campus safety."

ShotSpotter promises to detect gunfire and explosions within 20 feet of the origin, and alert authorities in real time, bypassing 911 or dispatch systems.

It is a series of strategically placed audio receptors. The sensors capture data and a recorded audio file and then send it to the company's incident review centers. Experts review the data and can even add extra information such as whether there are multiple shooters or if is a high capacity weapon being used.

An alert with a map and location information is sent to emergency dispatch and other authorities in seconds.

In his statement, Rose said, "The technology, used by municipalities, universities and critical infrastructure applications, will enhance security for the UC San Diego campus, enabling a more rapid response."

After a further inquiry, NBC 7 did get some answers to its questions Friday afternoon.

In an e-mail, Judy Piercey, a spokesperson for UC San Diego said the ShotSpotter system has a one-time installation fee estimated at $46,000. The annual lease (recurring), maintenance and 24/7 monitoring cost about $71,000.

The funding comes from the UC San Diego annual operating budget.

In response to if the university considered other ways to spend the money to enhance safety, and why the Shotspotter was chosen, given that shootings on campus are rare, Piercey wrote:

"UC San Diego Police Chief David Rose likens the ShotSpotter gunshot location and detection system to fire alarm systems in all of the campus buildings. You install them and hope to never have a fire, but if you do – the detection and subsequent warning may save lives. ShotSpotter, like fire alarm systems, is a preventive measure to ensure the security and safety of the UC San Diego campus community. If even one life is saved, it is worth every dollar."

Piercey also wrote the sensors are installed throughout campus and "cover approximately 2-square-miles, which includes the UC San Diego main campus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and all ARCH Housing properties (including Mesa and La Jolla Del Sol). Alert Data is shared with SDPD (Northern Division) on a real-time basis."

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<![CDATA[SDSO Searches for Armed and Dangerous Vista Murder Suspect ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:07:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/duran+murder+suspcet.PNG

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man wanted in connection with a murder in Vista. Pablo Duran, 32, has an active felony arrest warrant out for him.

Robert Pierro, 51, was found unconscious in his home in the 2200 block of San Clemente Avenue mid-morning on June 7. Pierro had trauma to his upper body, and despite lifesaving efforts, was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.

Duran’s whereabouts are unknown and he should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, deputies say. Anyone who sees Duran is asked to call 911.

Duran has contacts in Vista, Escondido and Oceanside, officials say. 

Duran is also known as Pablo Lorenzo, Pablo Duran-Gutierrez and Michael Cox. He is 5-foot 9, 190 lbs, with short black hair and brown eyes. He has a faded crown tattoo on his neck, faded horn tattoos on his forehead and several other tattoos on both arms.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200.

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<![CDATA[1 Week Later, Search Continues for Missing Man]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:02:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Taiheng+Sun+missing+man.jpg

The search pressed on Thursday for an 85-year-old Scripps Ranch man missing for a week.

Hundreds of volunteers have been looking for Taiheng Sun since he was last seen on June 15. The man speaks little English and has Alzheimer's disease. His family says he's been taking medication for depression. 

Many volunteers feel compelled to keep looking for Sun.

"You can sit on your sofa and you can detach yourself from the world, or you can actually step out the door and be part of it," said volunteer Arvind Knudsen.

Citizen search efforts continued Thursday with one team gathered at the sheriff's command post in the West Sycamore entrance to Mission Trails.

"We just talked to them, told them the latest information, asked if they had any cameras that were facing toward the streets," Knudsen said, explaining the efforts of volunteers who went door-to-door in the area.

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association also searched at the corner of Legacy Road and Legacy Canyon Place.

"He had his ID in his pocket," said Chris Sen, the son of the missing man. "We even made a necklace with all his information. If anyone finds an older gentleman that's disabled, please search his pockets."

Police are looking for any new clues that may help solve Sun's disappearance.

Sun left his home in Rancho Encantada and headed east on Stonebridge Parkway and Via Santa Pradera.

"I was getting concerned. It's been so hot, but when I heard they'd seen [him] on Saturday, I thought maybe someone stopped to help him and maybe he's figured out a way to get water and food," said volunteer Jenny Lopez.

Police saw a person on surveillance video that looked similar to Sun, but has since determined the individual was not Sun.

"Online there's certainly been a lot of speculation, a lot of calls for volunteers, a lot of people hoping that there's still going to be a positive resolution to this really unfortunate situation," said Amanda Murphy, a neighbor who lives in the area.

"I just feel for the family, and I have to feel like I've done my part to help find him," Lopez told NBC 7.

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) formed a Community Search Committee to help find the missing man. Volunteers headed to the SRCA Community Center last weekend.

Sun was last seen wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a white fleece windbreaker, and dark-colored pants. Police said he does not drive and has no means of transportation.

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<![CDATA[Prison Art Program Rehabilitates Inmates ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:26:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/art8767648654.PNG

Inmates at the Richard J. Donovan State Prison have been enjoying the Paint It Program, volunteer-based art and writing classes offered weekly.

"It keeps us out of trouble," said Michael Wilson, an inmate. "It is something positive and constructive to do with our time.”

Inmates are invited to use paintbrushes, colored pencils and other materials to create drawings, paintings, and sketches. They also work on an illustrated children's book.

"We benefit as a society from people who are incarcerated being in arts programs because they're way less likely to return to prison and that leads to safer neighborhoods," said Laura Pacenco, Ph.D., the founding director of the program and Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego Miramar College.

Pacenco added any prisoner who commits a violent act in prison will not be able to return to the class, which motivates inmates to stay on the right track.

Jose Cuen is being released in three weeks. He has been serving 17 years for an armed robbery and wrote a poem to his wife while in the class Thursday night.

"I'm not a very patient person, so it has taught me to relax, calm down and take my time," said Cuen.

For more information about the program, click here.

<![CDATA[Student Visiting From Ireland Severely Beaten in PB]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:28:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Visiting_College_Student_Found_Beaten_Unconscious_in_PB.jpg

A college student visiting San Diego from Ireland is fighting for his life after he was severely beaten and found unconscious in an alley in Pacific Beach.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said Evan White, a student at Ireland's University College Cork, was found unresponsive in the early morning hours of June 16 in an alley between Law and Chalcedony streets.

White had been out in Pacific Beach celebrating his 21st birthday with friends the night before the brutal beating, police said.

PB resident Bryan Goldfinger told NBC 7 White was found in the alley in front of his apartment. Goldfinger said only his girlfriend was home at the time police said White was attacked.

"She said she went to bed at 2:30 in the morning after work and was up at 7 a.m. She didn't hear anything," Goldfinger said.

Police said investigators have little to no information about what happened to White; at this point, no witnesses have come forward either.

Since White is in a coma, detectives have not been able to speak to him about what happened.

“The only thing I could think of is, if something had happened elsewhere and then the person [White] was walking this way and either fell or collapsed here,” Goldfinger said.

One week later, White remains critical condition, in a medically-induced coma at a San Diego-area hospital, police said.

The incident is making headlines in Ireland, where many of the reports describe him as a quiet and shy young man.

"It’s scary obviously. We don't like to hear something like that happening in our neighborhood," Goldfinger said.

SDPD is asking anyone who may have information on this case to contact investigators.

<![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:11:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg

Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians.

NBC News reported that pediatrician, cancer specialist, cardiologist and family doctor groups were denouncing the Senate version of the bill within hours of its release Thursday.

"The Senate draft health care bill is literally heartless," American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said.

Among the reasons so many medical professionals oppose the changes Republicans have proposed to the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is that it reduces funding for Medicaid, the state-federal health plan that covers many low-income, disabled and pregnant people, as well as a large portion of American children.

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<![CDATA[SeaWorld Commemorates Oldest Operating Skyride in California]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:42:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/020414+seaworld+generic.jpg

SeaWorld celebrated the 50th anniversary of the "Von Roll" Bayside Skyride, the oldest operating skyride in California Friday.

The iconic skyride was built in 1967 by the Von Roll company and has provided more than 20 million park guests a scenic ride across nearly 3,000 feet of cable above Mission Bay.

At the time of its construction, the trip was the longest span of any skyride and it remains the only one that travels over a body of salt water.

Rob Von Roll, descendant of the Von Roll family who founded the modern day gondola rides, helped commemorate the occasion along with the SeaWorld park President Marilyn Hannes.

Five decades later, SeaWorld’s Bayside Skyride stands as only one of 11 operating Von Roll-type gondola rides in the United States and just one out of 18 worldwide.

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<![CDATA[Legoland Displays Life-Size Batmobile Made of Legos]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:29:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/188*120/bat+mobile.jpg

A life-size batmobile made of legos is now on display at the Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad for park guests to see.

The vehicle from Chevrolet was inspired by the Lego Batman Movie, according to Legoland officials.

The batmobile was designed and assembled in the Lego Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut by Lego Master Builders, and it took them 222 hours to design and 1,833 hours to build, said park officials.

It was built using 344,187 lego bricks and measures 17 feet long. It weighs a total of 1,695.5 pounds, with each tire weighing just over 100 pounds. The interior frame is made from more than 86 feet of square tube aluminum and weighs 282.5 pounds.

The Lego Batman Movie from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment debuted on Blu-ray on June 13.

The batmobile will be on display until July 4, 2017, according to Legoland.

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<![CDATA[San Diegans Meet Local Olympians in Chula Vista]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:07:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/196*120/01-08-2015-olympics-los-angeles-coliseum-flag.jpg

Fifty kids had the chance to meet local Olympic athletes and participate in some of their sports at the Olympic day celebration in Chula Vista Friday.

The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, the South Bay Family YMCA and the San Diego Associations of Olympians came together for the festivities.

The event was held at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, formerly known as the Olympic Training Center.

Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people across the United States and more than 160 countries. San Diegans regularly participate in this event.

A former track and field Olympian and the current President of the San Diego Olympians and Paralympians Chapter, Erin Aldrich Sean, says the event is not just about sports, but also ethics and passion.

“We are here to inspire these kids and share the message about what Olympic Day is,” said Sean.

Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while promoting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

Nicholas Long, who placed fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for BMX, is a San Diego native.

“Olympic Day is a special day to bring awareness to something I’ve dedicated my whole life to achieving, and I hope it inspires today’s youth to strive for something greater in life," said Long. "Don’t be afraid to push back and stand out.”

Community Rowing of San Diego, Inc will be celebrating Olympic Day with an event for Olympic Rowing Day on Saturday, June 24. It will be held at the National City Aquatic Center, located at the 3300 block of Goesno Place, National City, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

At this event you can learn more about one of the original sports in the modern Olympic era. All are welcome to participate in this “hometown” sport. Just bring casual workout attire. Every participant gets to take home a memento.

To see a map of all the organizations involved in Olympic Day 2017, click here.

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<![CDATA[Purple Heart Recipient Graduates Police Academy with Highest Honor]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:49:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Purple+Heart+Veteran+CVPD.jpg

A wounded U.S Marine veteran, distinguished with a Purple Heart, was one of the newest officers to join the ranks of the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), Friday.

Christopher Lawrence, 30, originally from Milwaukee, is a decorated combat veteran who overcame severe war injuries and a rejected admission into another police department before finally graduating at the top of his class from the Southwestern Community College Police Academy on June 10.

In 2007, Lawrence served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As he crossed a bridge to the mainland, insurgents watched from a distance and detonated an IED placed beneath it.

Chula Vista police said he suffered life-threatening injuries in the explosion, badly damaging his arms and legs. His comrades said the blast tossed him into the air as high as a palm tree.

In the U.S., doctors initially worked to save both his legs, but said he'd always need to use a walker.

In 2008, Lawrence made the decision to have one leg replaced with a prosthetic, in the hope of prolonging his military career.

After dozens of surgeries, Lawrence was told he would never walk again without assistance or have normal use of his arm, according to Chula Vista police. But he never stopped working to rehabilitate himself.

Lawrence honorably retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010. In the end, his decision to remove one leg actually helped secure his career in police work.

Despite a few rejections in the application process to different police agencies, Lawrence decided to enroll in the Southwestern Police Academy to prove that he could physically do the job, said Chula Vista police. Word of his courage, physical ability and personal character spread, and soon multiple agencies competed to hire him.

"I have never met a more abled-body person in my life,” said Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy said of Laurence, “The power of his attitude and character and the strength in his heart easily overcome the physical challenges. His life and the challenges he has overcome are an inspiration to others."

On Friday Laurence was sworn in with his academy classmate, Stephanie Campolo, as the two became the newest Chula Vista Police Officers.

He's the first to admit his childhood didn't resemble that of a boy scout. Lawrence grew up living in and out of various foster homes in Milwaukee's inner city. But he believes his back story will help him succeed and connect with different people.

"I could understand what some people are going through and they could maybe appreciate what I've gone through, and we can connect on another level," said Lawrence. "You needed someone to look past the story, exactly, to look past the injuries, to say the injuries don't really hold me back," explained Lawrence.

"I couldn't be more proud to have Christopher become part of the Chula Vista Police Department family," said Chief Kennedy.

In addition to the Purple Heart, Lawrence has received multiple military awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (Iraq), Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Photo Credit: Chula Vista Police Department
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<![CDATA[Your Corner: Students Build Skateboards for Refugees]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:04:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Your_Corner_Students_Build_Skateboards_for_Refugees.jpg

Skateboards won’t solve the world’s refugee crisis, but they may help a little. 

At least that's what a group of freshman and sophomore students at San Diego's High Tech High are hoping.

The students are taking part in something they call the "San Diego Sanctuary Project," part of a semester-long lesson in teacher Lisa Griffin’s humanities class which, in part, has the students building skateboards to send to refugees overseas.

The project aims to teach students about the refugee crisis spreading millions of Syrians around the world right now. San Diego is now the largest resettlement site in the U.S. for those refugees.

“I feel just really grateful, and moved, and inspired,” said Griffin when talking about how her ninth-graders have embraced the project.

The students have held supply drives for local refugees. They organized a postcard campaign to send messages to refugee camps overseas, and then they decided to build skateboards. 

The ninth and tenth-graders worked with fourth-graders to design the boards.  Each board is painted with bright colors and some sort of encouraging word written in Arabic.

The school is working with a group in Jordan to set up a program where Syrian refugee kids there can check out the boards.

"Each skateboard could be something that many, many kids have access to," said Griffin.

The High Tech students are also gathering donated skateboards and helmets to send along with the boards. Any extra equipment will be given to Syrian refugees in San Diego.

“It feels great because we’re kind of making a difference, making a change," said Amir Alamin, a ninth-grader. "You know, we’re helping people who are going through hard times right now."

Ethan Kelley, also a freshman, feels the same.

“I feel amazing, honestly,” he said. “To me, it’s just a good feeling inside. It’s heartwarming.”

Griffin said a lot of times kids can feel like they are always preparing to do something later in life. She said projects like this show them they can do something right now.

“I think one of the hugest things students tell me they’ve learned in this project is that they can do something about things that matter to them,” said Griffin.

Call it a humanities lesson in humanity.

Click here, if you’re interested in helping donate to the cost of shipping the skateboards.

<![CDATA[Police Searches Drop in States That Legalized Marijuana]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:36:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic-pot-smoke-weed-marijuana-smoke.jpg

Traffic searches by highway patrols in Colorado and Washington dropped by nearly half after the two states legalized marijuana in 2012, NBC News reported.

In Colorado, the change occurred gradually, with searches dropping initially by 30 percent, and then flatting out to a more than 50-percent drop within a year.

In Washington, there was a drop of more than 50 percent in searches within three months of legalization. The search rate remained low thereafter. The 12 states in the Stanford study that did not pass marijuana decriminalization legislation during the period did not experience significant drops.

The drop in searches also reduced the racial disparities in the stops, according to a new analysis of police data, but not by much. Latino and Black Americans are still searched at higher rates than whites.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Official Linked to ‘El Chapo’ Arrested on Drug Charges]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:47:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ElChapoMexico.jpg

A former Mexican government official once romantically linked to drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in San Diego on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute drugs, a federal complaint confirms.

Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was detained Wednesday at around 9:30 a.m. at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry as she tried to enter the United States from Mexico using her visa.

According to a complaint filed in the United States District Court, Southern District of California, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer working the inspections booth at the border crossing used a database to check Lopez’s visa and discovered it had been canceled by the U.S. State Department.

Additional checks of the database revealed Lopez is believed to have been involved in illegal drug trafficking and money laundering activities linked to Guzman.

The federal complaint accuses Lopez of conspiring with others to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine in the U.S. between January 2013 and June 21, 2017. Lopez was arrested Wednesday on drug conspiracy charges and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

She made her first appearance in a federal courtroom in San Diego Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major. Lopez did not enter a plea, Kelly Thornton of the Office of the U.S. Attorney Southern District of California told NBC 7.

Thornton said there was a question in court about whether Lopez was truthful on a financial document that judges use to determine if a defendant is eligible for court-appointed counsel. That matter will be the subject of a hearing set for June 29.

For now, Judge Major appointed federal defenders to represent Lopez temporarily. She is considered a flight risk, so the government moved to detain her, Thornton said. Lopez’s preliminary hearing is set for July 6.

Lopez made headlines in 2014 after Mexican authorities accused her of meeting secretly with Guzman while he was imprisoned in Mexico. Officials claimed Lopez had a romantic relationship with the drug kingpin.

The federal complaint filed against Lopez this week details some of her alleged involvement in an elaborate drug trafficking conspiracy for Guzman and other leaders of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel. She is one of many suspects under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in a case out of Nogales, Arizona, targeting an El Chapo-led drug ring known as “DTO.”

The federal investigation has found that DTO transports large quantities of cocaine and other illegal drugs into the U.S., including via Southern California. This is done through a complex, "tiered," secret communications system between Sinaloa Cartel leaders and lower-level members.

According to the complaint, Lopez communicated with Guzman's operatives via cell phones, at times using cryptic messages. She also went by several aliases during those communications.

Many messages detailed in the complaint were about delivering drug proceeds – between $100,000 and $500,000 – to certain people in Guzman’s network.

The complaint also details encounters Lopez allegedly had with an informant who told federal investigators that Lopez claimed she was with El Chapo on Feb. 16, 2014 – the day the cartel leader famously escaped through a tunnel hidden under a bathtub as Mexican authorities raided his house.

Per the informant, Lopez allegedly told Guzman to go to Cosala, Sinaloa, with her because she worked there as a government official. To read the full complaint, click here.

While Lopez will be back in court next week, El Chapo’s trial is slated for April 2018.

He faces charges for allegedly overseeing the multibillion-dollar international drug trafficking operation responsible for murders and kidnappings. He has pleaded not guilty.

El Chapo is famous for twice escaping from prison in Mexico.

He was recaptured in early January and extradited to the U.S. and has since remained in solitary confinement, in a 20-by-12-foot cell for 23 hours a day. The U.S. government has said severe restrictions are necessary for El Chapo, as he has used coded messages, bribes and other means to continue operating his drug empire from behind bars.

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<![CDATA[Refugee Youth Adjust to Life in San Diego]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:22:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Refugee_High_School_Students_Take_Swimming_Lessons.jpg

Friday was a special day for dozens of refugee students from El Cajon Valley High School.

Outdoor Outreach, with support from California State Parks and Southwestern College, held a day of kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding activities at Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado for 30 newcomer and refugee high school students. The majority of students were from Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.

For many kids and students taking part in this event, the outdoors was a dangerous place where they came from. This program aims to teach them how to swim as well as enjoy the outdoor activities that San Diego has to offer.

When asked about her experience Friday, Hosneia Fnu stated: “I’m so excited, I just can’t believe it!”

She is a refugee student who participated in the Outdoor Outreach program for the first time.

Before coming to San Diego, Fnu said she could never hang out at the beach with friends. The Outdoor Recreation Program has allowed Fnu, and many of the students, to feel like a kid again and adapt to their new life in San Diego.

The event was part of El Cajon Valley High School’s HOPE/PRIDE Summer Program, a three-week innovative summer school program that works to acculturate vulnerable refugee students to a new life in San Diego.

San Diego County is the nation’s largest resettlement site for refugees from around the world. Many struggle to connect and acclimate to their new life.

Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego-based nonprofit that runs year-round programs for disadvantaged youth that address critical community needs--such as mental and physical health, success in school, and employment.

"We appreciate Outdoor Outreach as a partner with California state parks. Outdoor Outreach does a great job being an advocate for parks and connecting youth to the outdoors, particularly here at Silver Strand State Beach,” stated Richard Dennison, Sector Superintendent for California State Parks.

To learn more about Outdoor Outreach, visit their website.

<![CDATA[Spike Strips End Slow-Speed Pursuit From OC to Cardiff]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:09:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OC-Cardiff-Chase-0623.jpg

A woman was arrested in San Diego’s North County Friday morning after leading officials on a slow-speed pursuit that began in Orange County.

The chase on southbound Interstate 5 approached the San Diego County line at around 5:40 a.m. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the driver – in a gold-colored Toyota Corolla – was traveling at slow speeds of about 10 to 50 mph, driving mostly on the right shoulder of the freeway.

CHP issued a traffic alert at southbound I-5 at Las Pulgas Road while officers pursued driver.

Officials said the chase began near California State University Fullerton; the woman behind the wheel was wanted for a traffic violation but refused to stop for officers.

Spike strips were deployed, causing damage to the tires of the Corolla. At around 6:15 a.m., the pursuit came to a halt in the parking lot of a Jack-in-the-Box at San Elijo Avenue and Birmingham Drive in Cardiff.

No one was hurt in the pursuit.

No other information was available.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[La Jolla Woman’s Credit Score Impacted by Collection]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:04:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Responds_Jinyoung+Choi_6.20.17.jpg

“I’m in so much pain, I need help, do any of you have a car?” said Jinyoung Choi. 

Jinyoung, a Chemical Engineer from La Jolla, said it was five in the morning when she called out to her roommates. After 911 was called, she was taken to the hospital by a Rural/Metro ambulance. 

“I think a couple weeks after that I got like $2,500 worth of emergency room fees,” said Jinyoung. 

Jinyoung made payments for the service and thought her painful experience was behind her. She said she never got a separate bill for the Rural/Metro ambulance ride and assumed it was included in the other bills. 

Three years later, she was contacted by a collections agency and told she owed the ambulance company more than $1,800. 

“They’re going to basically hurt my credit if I don’t call today and pay this off,” Jinyoung said. 

Jinyoung said after she received a collection notice, her credit score dropped 33 points. She couldn’t submit the claim to her insurance company to have them pay the bill because insurance companies require you file a claim for service within a year after the incident date. 

After talking to a coworker, who had seen past NBC 7 Responds stories about Rural/Metro collection notices, Jinyoung reached out to NBC 7 Responds. 

NBC 7 Responds reached out to Rural/Metro. The company dropped the charge and contacted the credit bureaus asking them to restore Jinyoung’s credit score and they did. 

In the past, representatives for Rural/Metro have attributed the error to a processing change that was made when the company came out of bankruptcy. The company said it is handling incidents like this on a case-by-case basis. 

If you feel you’ve received a collection notice in error, reach out to NBC 7 Responds by phone at 619-732-NBC7 or by submitting this completed form to our unit.

<![CDATA[Lobbyist Wounded in GOP Shooting Leaves Hospital; Scalise Leavse]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:40:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mika+Condition+Improves.jpg

The congressman who was shot and wounded at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week has been moved out of an intensive care unit, hospital officials say. 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is now listed in fair condition and continues to make progress.

Lobbyist Matt Mika has been released from the hospital Friday, according to his family. He was upgraded to good condition earlier in the day.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth paid Mika a visit on Thursday. A photo shows Mika smiling and holding up a Werth jersey, with Werth at his hospital bed.

U2 lead singer Bono met with members of Scalise's staff Wednesday and signed a card wishing the congressman a speedy recovery.

Mika is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement last week. Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and had previously served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan.

Photo Credit: George Washington University Hospital]]>
<![CDATA[More Americans Believe Comey Over Trump: Poll]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:06:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/james-comey-donald-trump-hearing.jpg

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans say they are more likely to believe former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump in regard to their differing accounts of the events that led up to Comey’s firing, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-five percent of respondents say they are more likely to believe Comey's version of events from his June 8 testimony to the U.S. Senate, versus 22 percent who are more likely to believe what Trump has said, NBC News reported.

Eight percent of respondents said they believe both Trump and Comey, while 21 percent responded that they believe neither of them.

By party, 76 percent of Democrats side with Comey, while 50 percent of Republicans believe Trump. Independents break for Comey over Trump, 47 percent to 17 percent.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 17-20 of 900 adults — including more than 400 by cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.

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<![CDATA[New Grocery Outlet Opens in Fallbrook]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:06:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Grocery+Outlet+Cart_cropped.jpg

Emoryville-based discount retailer Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has opened a new store in Fallbrook, its 14th location in San Diego County.

A company statement said the new store, which opened June 22 at 1101 S. Main Ave., will employ more than 25.

Started in 1946, Grocery Outlet has more than 270 U.S. locations under a franchised business model in which individual stores are owned by local, independent operators. The new Fallbrook store is owned by Mary and Jeff Brantley, who reside one mile from the store.

Officials said Grocery Outlet purchases excess inventory and seasonal closeouts directly from manufacturers, then sells the items at discounts ranging from 40 to 70 percent off the prices seen in traditional supermarkets.

Photo Credit: Bob Hansen
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<![CDATA[Gorilla Dances Like a 'Maniac' in Hilarious Viral Video]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:02:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gorilla_.gif

The Dallas Zoo needed three things to make a viral video: a happy gorilla, a blue plastic pool and some water.

Add Michael Sembello's hit "Maniac" from the 1980s movie "Flashdance" and the result is pure joy.

Zola, who's no amateur at reaching social media fame, was captured Tuesday afternoon splashing around during a swimming pool enrichment session. Then, Zola begins dancing like he's never danced before.

The video was shot by primate supervisor Ashley Orrand and posted on the zoo's YouTube page.

Bob Hagh, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram video producer, upped the ante by adding music to the raw video, and Zola's inner "steel-town girl on Saturday night" shined through. It's not clear if Zola has ever watched "Flashdance," but his moves definitely emulate Jennifer Beal's perfectly.   


The Dallas ZooTube video has been viewed more than 67,000 times as of Friday morning. Hagh's tweet has been retweeted more than 20,000 times.

This isn't the first time Zola's moves have attracted attention. In 2011, a video of him "breakdancing" and splashing his feet at the Calgary Zoo also went viral.

According to the zoo, enrichment therapy "helps enhance the environment and lives of animals, like Zola, by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural behaviors."

"Enrichment can take many forms, but for this spunky great ape, it means playing and spinning in his favorite blue pool!"

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